Frequently asked questions about the ALCC Awards Program
Submitting and Paying for an Entry
Q. Why should I consider entering a project into the awards program?
A. Receiving an award in any category demonstrates the excellence in your work and the success of your business to your peers, fellow employees and staff. It creates peer recognition and credibility, is marketing fodder and represents the best of the best.
Q. What companies are eligible to enter into the awards program?
A. All regular, current ALCC members with an expiration date of June 30, 2016 are eligible to submit entries. Some categories are for all ALCC members which also include associate members. Please see each entry form for specific requirements and instructions. Non-members are not eligible to submit entries.
Q. How do I submit an entry?
A. Entry forms for each category are available on ALCC’s website. Complete the online entry form for your project and make payment by the December 1 deadline. Incomplete entries may be disqualified.
Q. What is the cost to enter?
A. If your company is a current member of ALCC, the entry fee is $150 per entry. Non-members are not eligible to submit entries.
Q. What forms of payment are accepted?
A. All major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover) and company checks.
Q. Can I submit multiple entries in the same category?
A. When submitting multiple entries in the same category, you are not only competing against other companies, you are also competing against your own company as well. You can submit multiple entries, but keep this in mind.
Q. Is there a discount for submitting multiple entries?
Q. If I submit an entry for one category, but the judges decide that my entry should be in a different category, will it automatically be moved or have I lost my chance?
A. Your entry will be checked for accuracy and to make sure it is in the appropriate category. Judges have the authority to move an entry to another category, if appropriate. ALCC will make every effort to contact you to correct any inaccuracies in your entry. However, ALCC reserves the right to disqualify any entry that includes incomplete or incorrect information.
Q. What is the submission deadline?
A. All entries must be submitted online by 5pm on Tuesday, December 1, 2016.
Q. Are there any reasons an entry may be disqualified?
A. Yes. Your entry may be disqualified for one of the following reasons: release is not signed; the entry form is incomplete i.e., missing information, photos or videos not included; entry is not typed. No refunds shall be made if an entry is disqualified.
Judging, Recognition and Ceremony
Q. How are entries judged?
A. The evaluation criteria for each category are listed within each entry form. Judges will individually evaluate each entry within a specific category that they have knowledge of.
Q. Who are the judges?
A. The judges are volunteers recruited from ALCC membership and non-members based on their knowledge of a specific category, integrity and objectivity. If you wish to volunteer as a judge for a specific category please contact Melissa Emdin, Programs & Education Director, at 720 307-5092 or firstname.lastname@example.org. ALCC staff review and approve all requests to be judges.
Q. Can I participate as a judge if my company has entered a project?
A. Yes, however you will not be allowed to judge any category in which your company has entered.
Q. How are winners notified?
A. The top 3 companies, based on judge scores from that category, will be notified ahead of time and the winner for each category will be announced at the awards ceremony. There is only one winner per category.
Q. When is the awards ceremony?
A. Location is to be determined, but will take place in March 2017.
Q. If I am one of the top 3 companies up for an award within a category, do I have to attend the ceremony?
A. We strongly suggest that you attend. If you do not and you are announced as the winner, you will still receive the award and the well-deserved recognition. However, the ceremony is your company’s chance to walk the red carpet and bask in the glory of being one of the top three submissions within a category. Each of the top three companies will be showcased at the awards ceremony.
Q. Will ALCC help me with promoting the news if my company wins an award?
A. Yes. ALCC will provide a press release template that you can use to spread the word among your media contacts and clients. ALCC also issues its own press release listing all the winners. We also highlight the winners in our publication, Colorado Green Magazine.
Q. Will you return my entry following the judging process or awards ceremony?
A. No. All entries, photos, videos and supporting documents become the property of ALCC. The entrant assumes all responsibility for copyrights, photographic or videographer fees, and client permission for further use of photos by ALCC. No limitations can be placed on photo or video use or the entry will be disqualified.
Q. Will I receive feedback on my entry following the judge process?
A. No. The ALCC awards program is a competition and we do not provide an analysis of entries to any of the applicants.
Q. Is there an appeals process if I do not win?
A. There is not an appeals process. This is an awards competition and decisions agreed on by the judges are final. Entrants are not allowed to lobby for an entry.
Q. Is there someone I can talk to if I have questions about my entry?
A. Yes. Any ALCC staff member can answer your questions about the online entry process (call 303 757-5611) or you may contact Melissa Emdin at 720 307-5092.